I've been dancing since I was 5...
I like hanging out with my friends backstage. I like putting on my makeup, doing my hair, putting on my costumes. I like showing off. I like telling a story. I like sharing something with the audience.
I guess dance is the one thing I feel confident in. I've been doing it for most of my life and I've gotten enough positive feedback that I know it's something I'm good at. I'm secure enough in my ability that I know if I did well or not, and if it's not a great performance, I know I have another one coming up sometime in the near future. It would just be one bad performance out of however many good ones.How do you not feel daunted by the fact that soo many people are watching you, expecting something great, and you have to deliver?
I rehearse a lot. You just get to the point where you think, "Okay, I'm good, I can show this to people." And, of course, if there's some sort of time crunch or there's something in the piece that's really difficult...I'm nervous about it but I just do my best to pull it off and hope it's fine.How do you have the guts to think that you can entertain them for an extended amount of time? That you are worthy of their time?
Most of the time I don't get to choose what I'm performing. I have to do whatever the choreographer tells me...and they're telling me if it's good enough or not.How do you determine if you're skilled enough/if your act is good enough? And how do you put together your act? What makes you decide on the elements? Etc, etc.
I have choreographed my own stuff though, and when that happens, I just have a bunch of people watch it first. Dance professors, other dancers, people who know nothing about dance at all (their opinions are just as valid as anyone else's, because most of the people who watch dance aren't dancers). I take their comments and critiques and just keep working on the piece up until the showtime.
Now. With all that said, dancing is basically the only thing I can do. Public speaking scares the shit out of me, as do basic daily social interactions. People don't get how I can be so shy, and then go onstage for a dance performance and be a completely different person.
I don't get it either.